Mercedes-Benz has introduced the latest version of its luxurious CLS Coupé, a model first introduced in 2003 and now widely considered to have achieved classic car status, all within its own life-time.
The CLS combines the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and functionality of a saloon. Now in its third generation, it continues to radiate that self-assured sense of sportiness so characteristic of its predecessors, within its spacious and functional four-door form.
Viewed from the outside, the new CLS has clear echoes of the Mercedes-AMG GT.
This is reflected in its striking front-end with its single louvre diamond grille and wide, pronounced headlamps, two marks of the Mercedes-Benz Coupé. Its outstanding aerodynamics and 0.26Cd value are evident in its sporty, low-profile, frameless side windows and high, arching waistline. To the rear, its muscular shoulder line blends smoothly into a flat rear end, while other coupé-like features include two-section taillights and rear bumper with inset reflectors and registration plate.
Mercedes describes the CLS as a car created for the discerning motorist who seeks elegance, luxury and prestige in an ultra-modern, eye-catching and timeless design that is vibrant and enjoyable to drive.
Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland, has confirmed that prices will be announced closer to its market introduction next May/June. Noting the likelihood that they will be within reach of current levels, Allen said: “Our intention will be to hold CLS prices at a competitive level consistent with market conditions and the expressed determination of Mercedes-Benz to offer value at all points across its model range.”
The new CLS comes with all of the latest generation touch-screen infotainment, safety and driver assistance systems.
Within an impressive array of optional safety and driver assistance features are systems that assist in maintaining speed limits and others that give protection. Of these, one prepares occupants for the anticipated noise should a collision occur.
Improved camera and radar systems provide an enhanced view of surrounding traffic, while map and navigation data can be used to calculate driving behaviour. In traffic, the CLS can reduce stress on the driver by progressing forward automatically. High-performance headlamps produce maximum light intensity over a 650 metre distance, while optional comfort control features systematically manage seat heater, ventilation and massage, steering wheel heating, lighting and atmosphere measures add to wellbeing and performance.
Three diesel units will be available at launch: A CLS 300d, expected to be the popular choice in Ireland, along with a CLS350d 4MATIC and CLS400d 4MATIC. Following, in early-2019, will be a CLS 220d version.
For more information on the Mercedes range, call Michael Moore Mercedes-Benz on (090 ) 6403000.